Native Environmental Sovereignty Project
Examining emerging tribal roles in co-managing lands and resources
The Native Environmental Sovereignty Project explores the intersection of tribal sovereignty with the protection of tribal natural resources.
Anne Haugaard, a native of Vancouver, WA, received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Hawai’i Pacific University. While living in Hawai’i, Anne developed a passion for studying indigenous peoples and how environmental policy might be viewed differently through the lens of other cultures. In addition to her fellowship, Anne is a Co-Director of the 2015 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, a member of the Environmental Law Clinic, and a research assistant for Professor Mary C. Wood.
Erika Gibson, is a third year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law. As an NESP fellow, she is concerned with tribal rights and the development of energy resources, and aims to connect the efforts of the ENR center with the student group, Student Legal Advocates for Tribal Sovereignty. Erika grew up in Colorado and earned her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in 2005. Prior to law school, Erika's interest in policy and the environment has led her to a variety of locations and experiences — interning for a U.S. Senator, restoring salmon habitat in Washington, volunteering on organic farms in New Zealand, and serving as the community programs coordinator for the Governor’s Energy Office in Colorado. After two years of law school, Erika has enjoyed grappling with the contours of environmental law, Indian law, and the legal mechanisms that affect change. She has had the opportunity to deepen this exercise further by interning at the U.S. Department of Interior – Division of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Department of Justice, and Our Children's Trust.
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